December 7, 2011 Subject:
About the Facsimile
Be aware that this is not a photographic facsimile of the Codex Vaticanus. It's a psuedo-facsimile, where and editor transcribed the original manuscript and then type set a special font which resembles the original lettering. There were a couple of editions. This is the one that is considered the most faithful.
June 19, 2011 Subject:
on the text
The Codex Itself is actually Six Volumes, so this is not the whole package by any means.
It should be noted that the Codex was published by Propaganda Fide, which is another name for the Holy Office of the Inquisition. [the Inquisition was the enforcement arm of the vatican, and believe it or not, it still is in existence today, though it cant quite do what it did in the old days].
In other words, those who seemed to value this manuscript so much, are the same ones who were persecuting thousands of others, confiscating their goods, billing them for their own emprisonment, and then executing many of them. (see the work of Henry Charles Lea, which is available here, for the sad details, not to mention the work of Lorento / Lorenzo).
The work Codex B and Its Allies by Hoskier (credentialled in ancient Greek from the University of Michigan), exposes the thousands of contradictions even between this manuscript, and its closest companion manuscript, which is COdex Sinaiticus. Both disagree with the overwhelming amount of ancient Greek Manuscripts used by the historic churches, including the manuscripts used by the Byzantine Church. Hoskier's work is available here online, as are other greek manuscripts, which are far superior.
THe standard work which exposes the errors of Vaticanus is the work of J.W. Burgon (Oxford) called the Revision Revised. But the manuscripts always took a backseat to the real debates in anycase. IT was always hard, historically to accept the validity of Vaticanus, when its sponsor (the inquisition) was busy hauling innocent off to dungeons and forcing them to confess to nonexistent crimes. Vatican actions have usually spoken louder than its manuscripts.
It is true that Vaticanus is claimed to be written as one continuous Codex. What is usually omitted from the discussion, is that despite the supposed continuity of that manuscript, there is evidence that there are TEN different hands and writtings that have done retouching or adding of one kind or another.